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Open Doors launches huge Bible, training project.

By April 22, 2005

China (MNN)–China’s churches are among the fastest growing in the world. But with that growth comes the problem of leadership training and sound biblical teaching.

In fact, there are an estimated 60 to 80 million Christians in China, making it one of the most heavily populated Christian countries in the world.

As a result, Open Doors is launching The Lighthouse Project — China for 2005. “There are many cultic movements in China today,” says Open Doors USA President Dr. Carl Moeller. “That is why Open Doors is focusing on training pastors and church leaders.”

Their plan has been carefully crafted to serve the growing Chinese church. Moeller explains, “To do that we will provide 238,000 Study Bibles along with other tools they can use to understand God’s Word and teach it accurately. In addition, we will train 8,400 pastors, lay leaders, Sunday School teachers and youth workers across China. By targeting key leaders of the house churches, Open Doors will be able to impact thousands of Christians.”

The goal of the project is to provide 3.4 million Bibles, commentaries, music resources, and new tools for children’s outreach. Open Doors plans to send 125,000 Children’s Bibles and 1,086,000 pieces of Sunday School curricula and youth-oriented materials to China this year.

While Bibles are available in urban areas, there is still a need for God’s Word in rural areas where house churches are growing.

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